Fifteen Samoan internal auditors are currently studying at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, under the Australia Awards Fellowship programme.
Funded by the Australian Government, the Fellowship program will strengthen the auditor’s capacity to perform risk assessments for the Government of Samoa and to identify high risk areas for systems audits.
It will also helped them improve Government’s internal control systems and compliance with legislation and best practice.
The auditors were selected from several government ministries and entities for their ability to promote change in Government.
Assistant C.E.O. of the Internal Audit and Investigation Division of the Ministry of Finance, Muliagatele Losalini Moli-Reupena said this Fellowship will add value to their work and build their capacity to perform internal audit work.
“This programme will also strengthen our affiliations with the Australian Government and entities, in particular QUT, and especially the internal audit experts from the Institute of Internal Audit in Australia that we will be working closely with,” she said.
The Fellowship will cover professional ethics, internal audit functions and governance.
Two health care professionals with the Samoa National Health Services (NHS) will also take part in a separate Australia Awards Fellowship programme this month at the University of Technology Sydney.
The Fellows are emerging nursing and midwifery leaders who are preparing themselves for senior leadership positions. The program will take up to a year to complete with an in-country mentor to monitor their progress.
Gillian Tafau, Manager Quality Assurance and Clinical Audit says the goal of the Fellowship is to improve the capacity of health workers to contribute to the governance of Pacific Islands health care systems. The Australia Awards Fellowships provide opportunities for Fellows from developing countries to undertake short term study and professional development in Australia.
The Awards are implemented in partnership with Australian organisations and aim to deepen and broaden their links with leaders in developing countries.